Monday, 24 October 2016

The Lesson taught.. A story.

    The class was boring.. The teacher had been ranting about the way the code would work. The repetition was inexplicable.. Sameer could never wrap his head around the working of loops. The minute hand seemed to have stopped... The second hand continuing its loop around the center continuously. He couldn't wait to get back to his bicycle for a ride. The bell rang, indicating the time for school to be dispersed. He scooped up his bag made way for his bicycle. The rickety old cycle which had been his trusty companion on all his adventures. Today he had decided to explore something on the outskirts of the town. The loops and iterations still bothered him as he had hardly understood the concept. But now he was free to ride on his own away from all the monotony of repetition. 
    It was almost evening by now. The dilapidated mansion stood, shrouded in an aura of somberness on the outskirts of the hustling city. Every evening Sameer would cycle past yet hadn't ever dared to explore this part of the outskirts. There was an ever existing sense of mystery around the rundown building. Today was a different day though. He paused for a while convincing himself, killing his urge to explore this spooky place. Just as he was to kick at the ground and go on his way, he heard the sound. He set his cycle by a nearby peculiar tree.. The sound was ominous in the given setting. The sun had started its downward journey and would soon plunge the world around into the inky darkness that lay waiting. For a moment he hesitated as he saw a figure atop the balcony of the mansion on the first floor. As if the figure was frantically waving at him. He looked again only to find it empty. Sameer's curiosity got the better of his apprehensions. The sound intensified beckoning him unknowingly to the doorstep. He had a handy flashlight at his disposal in his smartphone. That was the only solace he could have in the darkness that lay in store. The door was surprisingly well oiled as against the creaky one, he had pictured.
     Sameer gingerly pushed at the door and stepped inside. The setting was dark and his pupils expanded to adjust. He dared not flick on the flashlight, unless he was sure of no malicious company being around. The mansion was old on the outside yet well organized on the inside. There was no sign of the cliched expected layer of  dirt. The sound seemed to come from upstairs. He stepped towards he flight of stairs which led to the first floor. A sense of foreboding overtook him and he hesitated before making his way upwards. The sound was sharper now, it sounded as a muffled voice repeating a phrase. HE gingerly stepped upwards to find a door ajar.
    He opened the door to the balcony. Perhaps the same one he had seen from his bicycle. The sound had stopped suddenly. This was something strange. He edged towards the balcony railings. The view was enchanting. The encircling road. The distant lights of the town. The withered tree.. But something seemed amiss. His cycle was missing by the tree, how could it be?.. Just as he was about to turn back. In the distance he saw a figure approaching the house on a cycle similar to his.. The figure halted by the fencing.. As if deciding whether to come over or move on. And then as Sameer looked carefully it came rushing to him. He was looking at himself.. Just as he was a while ago.. And the realization came hard, hitting him.. As the figured acted the same way he had some time ago... It was him.. Sameer shouted ... "Go AwAy!!".. But it came out in a muffle.. His voice was a mere muffle.. The figure downstairs glanced up and for a split second Sameer thought he had him.. But alas.. The figure moved on ahead towards the doorstep.. Sameer kept on with his muffled calls.. trying at the door.. With the scary realization.. He was trapped.. It was a loop.. He now knew what could a loop be.. He was stuck in one..

Monday, 10 October 2016

Her and Him..

What is it that sets her apart from the rest,
From the ordinary crowd of the better ones, yet the best..

The strength to feel alive even when lost,
An effort on course always for a smile at every cost..

Deeper than the beauty of the outer haze,
Something more lasting and pristine holds the gaze..

No matter how tough gets the going here,
Forever a source to trudge on ahead sans the fear..

In the recesses of quiet solitude lies this company,
Beyond the beauty of words, the talks, serious and funny..

Unknown to the world outside exist some equations,
With no solutions at hand, all it takes is buckets of patience..

Having never to explain yet knowing what to wish,
Sprinkled with trust and spiced with silliness lies the dish..

To open the closed doors of the world inside for some,
Without the fear of judgments, heed the silence yet to come..

You never know when it becomes a part of the daily rut,
Making it tough if it ever comes to the point to make the cut..

Yet in the present you learn and grow together,
Solid as a rock and yet the beauty of the gentle feather..

Trying times lay at every nook in wait for the test,
But you know if it is worth being in the sway for its the best..

Times shall pass, days shall roll in their own pace,
Not a thought in sight of distant the finish line in the race..

Her and Him living lives, night and day,
Growing apart or coming closer knows here nay..

And yet in the certainty of uncertain life,
They'll stick along for now be it joy or be it strife..

To stay focused - 5 little ways

Every day there are mind boggling events happening around us. Right from major inventions to heinous crimes on the rise. Amidst this hullabaloo of constant out pour how do we manage to stay in a stable state. Here are a few ways which could help.. 

1.To have a reason worth sticking to:

There is always a reason to all of our actions. The driving force which makes our daily clock tick. To have a reason which gives us a boost at times when all seems hazy and the going gets tougher. The reason plays a very important role in keep us on track. Take time and decide why you are doing a particular task. Just sticking to a task for the monotony of it is just a drain on  your resources. Identify what makes your heart skip a beat, what pumps you and makes you try to reach higher. Once you find it, nothing seems better.

2.The moments of distraction are minute yet powerful:

There is always a singular moment which you can find on retrospect where things could have gone downhill. To remain true to your path at such times is the only test you have to face at such times. To identify these trifling situations which threaten to pull you away is an art. For that all you need to be is be aware. To be aware of what you are doing. Such moments of distraction are unavoidable to the greatest of minds. The solution is not to keep resisting but to accept and face them. Live through them, be conscious of your actions and you will easily sail through.

3.Keep the end in mind:

Your journey is always full of ups and downs. Keeping up your spirits is a task. The temporary shots of caffeine and the quotes all around might work as a stimulant. But the effects wear of in due course of time. Plan out the way you want the end result to be. We at times leave the result up to the myriad powers of 'destiny'. Yet in the process we forget the fact that we are the creators of our own destiny. So think of the finality and how beautiful our achievement would be to our life.

4.Accept the current achievements:

Our feedback system is dependent on our acknowledgments. In the process of trying to achieve our goals, we forget our achievements and our current status. The present situation around is all but a result of our past actions. The moment we are grateful for our blessings (nothing of blind faith here), we underline the faith we have in our capability to achieve more in the future. The regard for our own actions in the past, helps us to be at peace with out self. The major discord happens when we always try to run behind things in the future and forget the present. And that is how we lose focus in the long run. Pat yourself on your back, be a little less critical inwards and believe that you can do well in the tasks you are to face in the near future.

5.Be open to learning:

'You know nothing'. The process of learning is an unending sojourn. The moment you think that you are knowledgeable you lose out on the beautiful process of learning. Being open to learning from all possible sources. The curiosity keeps you on track. From the little kid playing by the swing to the tomes of books lying by your desk, there are always newer opportunities to learn. It is not limited to when you are at your desk studying goes on all the while you are awake. Open your mind to the wonders around us. The systematized order we live in teaches us a lot. This keeps the fire in us burning, to be a better version of ourselves every waking day.

Remember life is a journey. And as all journeys go, the road matters equally as the ultimate decision. So enjoy it while it lasts..